17 May 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 897 days.
 - Direct blockade currently on hold - will resume in 42 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 894 days. 
 - 332 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without trial for 1089 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 440 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 974 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • In an interview with RAC1, Julian Assange hinted at an upcoming WikiLeaks release that would compromise important banks.
  • Pentagon Papers lawyer James Goodale appeared on Democracy Now! where he compared President Obama to former President Nixon in regards to press freedom and other issues. He said that, should President Obama prosecute Julian Assange (who he says is likely under secret indictment already), he will be worse than Nixon.
  • A proposed U.S. press-shield bill from Representatives Chuck Schumer and Lindsey Graham would offer zero protection to organizations like WikiLeaks.

Julian Assange News:
  • La Sexta published a preview of their Jordi √Čvole's interview with Julian Assange, which is set to air on May 19. Going by the preview, the interview will air in English with Spanish subtitles.
  • Speaking via videolink at Uruguay’s University of the Republic, Julian Assange warned that Latin America's sovereignty is threatened due to reliance on U.S.- based telecommunications, which conduct widespread surveillance.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, the actor playing Julian Assange in DreamWorks' WikiLeaks movie, has further commented on his wishes to meet Mr Assange:
    • "No matter how you cut it, [Assange has] done us a massive service, to wake us up to the zombielike way we absorb our news... He hates the idea of the film and asked me not to do it, and I said to him, ‘Well, somebody is going to do it, wouldn’t you rather it’s someone who has your ear, who could steer the film to a place that’s more accurate or balanced?’ The tabloid image of him, what he fears is going to be promoted—that weird, white-haired guy wanted for rape—is so far from what we did."

Bradley Manning News:
  • The WikiLeaks Australian Citizen's Alliance has a new support page for Bradley Manning.